Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Lecturer

Ms. Maria Kouti studied European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK (B.A., 2001) and at the Hellenic Open University (B.A., 2007), where she studied Spanish language and civilization. She holds a M.A. in teaching Spanish as a foreign language from the University of Valladolid, Spain (2006) and a M.A. in Phonetics and Phonology from the International University Menéndez Pelayo, Spain (2010). Recently she completed her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics with a thesis entitled "Present Perfect in peninsular Spanish and Modern Greek: an aspectual, temporal and semantic analysis". She joined the University of Missouri-St.Louis in Fall 2010 and she is the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Literature. 

Research and Teaching
Her research interests are Spanish and Modern Greek language, Modern Greek and Spanish linguistics, second language acquistion, Spanish and Modern Greek semantics and Modern Greek and Spanish phonetics and phonology. For the years 2005-2006 she was the editor of the spanish journal "Versión E/LE", a spanish journal about didactics of Spanish.
She is currently conducting research on intonational phonology of Greek students learning Spanish as a second language. Her most recent articles appeared in red ELE(Spanish Ministry of Education, 2010) and Estudios de Fonética Experimental(Laboratorio de Fonética-Universidad de Barcelona, 2010). At UMSL, she teaches Modern Greek language at all levels, Modern Greek literature through translation, and in Spring 2011 she will be teaching as well Spanish III.

Personal History
Ms. Kouti was born and grew up in Piraeus, Greece. She spent 3 years in England where she studied at the University of Portsmouth and 6 years in Spain where she studied all her postgraduate studies and worked for CSIC and for a secondary school in Castilla-La Mancha. From 2006-2007 she held the position of Lecturer in Modern Greek at the Institute of Linguistics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.